TARPON SPRINGS - After sitting empty and deserted for years, the church at 160 Read St. will soon have a new purpose: a family home.
Richard Boeckl bought the property in 1973 after watching the For Sale sign sit unchanged next to his family’s home for four years. But it wasn’t the 15,500-sqaure-foot church he was interested in; he wanted the old Sunday School and nursery behind the church. He thought he could turn it into an apartment complex.
He tented for termites, put on a new roof and painted the buildings twice. Eventually, he began renting out the church for $135 a month. But in 1993, the no name storm swept through Tarpon Springs and filled the church with water 3 feet deep. The roof was damaged again. And repairs were going to be expensive.
TARPON SPRINGS - Construction for Tarpon Springs $45 million reverse-osmosis water treatment plant is likely to still finish within a few weeks of the original deadline.
The plant, located north of the Anclote River at the end of L&R Industrial Boulevard, was originally approved by 72 percent of voters in a March 2006 referendum. Legal issues put the project on hold until the city finally broke ground in March 2013. But despite the delays, plans are just three weeks behind schedule.
TARPON SPRINGS - A preliminary budget will go before the Tarpon Springs City Commission for initial approval with a 5.4500 millage rate for Fiscal Year 2015, the same rate as has been adopted since 2011.
If that millage rate passes through both public hearings and City Commission votes, Tarpon Springs residents will pay $5.45 per $1,000 in property value. For example, a house valued at $200,000 will owe $1,090 in property taxes. At that rate, Tarpon Springs estimates it will generate $7,110,100, about $325,000 more than last fiscal year.
Tarpon Springs has not raised its millage rate since 2010 when the Commission approved a half-mill increase from 4.9500, the largest increase the city could make under state law.
TARPON SPRINGS - The City Commission unanimously approved reorganization proposals from both the Public Works Department and Recreation Division at the Aug. 5 meeting.
One full-time maintenance worker will be hired to provide additional coverage for the marina, sponge docks, splash park, fitness park and dog park, especially on the weekend. Public Works Director Tom Funcheon estimated the new hire will cost an annual salary of $37,010.
The Recreation Division, on the other hand, will reorganize its staff and reassign four positions: the current recreation custodian/maintenance position will become a recreation worker position, two current recreation specialist I positions will become one recreation program and athletic coordinator position and one recreation special events and volunteer coordinator position and the current recreation specialist II position will become a recreation supervisor position. The proposed reorganization will cost an estimated $1,145 in annual combined salary for all four positions.
TARPON SPRINGS - Inside his martial arts school along North Pinellas Avenue, Sensei Chris Leventis teaches his students how to defend themselves against the everyday attacks - muggers in alleys, drunk relatives at reunions and angry fans at baseball games.
Nihon Goshin Aikido is a form of Japanese self-defense, focused on using an attacker’s momentum against him or her. In Japanese, aikido translates to “the way in harmony with the spirit.”
TARPON SPRINGS - Eight people were rescued by Coast Guard boat and aircrews near Anclote Key early Friday morning.
At midnight, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, received a report of an unstable raft with four people aboard, approximately one mile northeast of Anclote Key. A boat crew from Coast Guard Station at Sand Key and a helicopter rescue crew were launched to respond to the report.
At around 12:50 a.m. Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a call from Pasco County dispatch reporting three people stranded on the Anclote Key beach with the water rising. Due to dense vegetation, the people on the island were unable to get to higher ground. They were reported to be from the same party as those in the raft.
TARPON SPRINGS - A Tarpon Springs city employee died in a murder-suicide Monday morning in Sevier County, Tennessee.
“The city of Tarpon Springs Police Department was notified late yesterday (Aug. 11, 2014) of the tragic death of one of our employees, Genevieve Crosby,” according to a press release sent out Tuesday afternoon.
Crosby, 48, an employee since 2004, was the city’s marketing and communications coordinator for the Department of Cultural and Civic Services.
TARPON SPRINGS - The city of Tarpon Springs’ reclaimed water supply is critically low due to the extreme shortfall of rain during the summer months this year.
“This has made it necessary to temporarily impose watering restrictions on the use of reclaimed water during daylight hours and, in addition, it may be necessary for the reclaimed water system to be periodically shut down,” according to a press release sent out Friday, Aug. 8.
City officials said every effort would be made to extend service as long as possible while supply is available. Restricting use will allow the city to replenish its reclaimed water supply as quickly as possible until summer rains return.
TARPON SPRINGS - The city of Tarpon Springs was notified Thursday, Aug. 7, by the Pinellas County Department of Health that patients in three confirmed cases of cryptosporidium had been at the Tarpon Springs Splash Park during the incubation period.
All three patients attended the park during the fourth week of July.
The City completely replaced and treated the water and all associated water systems at the Splash Park on Aug. 1.
Shark Tales Restaurant ribbon cutting ST. PETE BEACH – The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce plans a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of Shark Tales Restaurant, 677 75th Ave., on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 5 p.m.
Chamber members and the general public are invited. For more information, call 360-6957.
Wednesday afternoon book club
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Library offers a Wednesday afternoon book club called “Expand Your Horizons.” Fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of genres are discussed each month. For the date of the next meeting, call 943-4922 or email email@example.com.
Book discussion INDIAN SHORES – The Indian Shores Library will host a discussion of Betty Smith’s “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” on Thursday, Aug. 28, 6 p.m.
This depiction of a childhood spent in poverty in early 20th century New York City has touched and inspired readers for over 70 years. The book discussion and reception are free; the dinner to follow is $8.
Library volunteers will serve a book-inspired “Streets of New York” dinner of vegetable beef soup, sandwiches on rye, bread salad and Charlotte Russe dessert. Pick up tickets in the library on Monday and Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m., or Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., by Aug. 25.
All activities take place on the fourth floor of the Municipal Center, 19305 Gulf Blvd.
For more information, contact Alice Lawrence at 542-9742.
Chamber Learn at Lunch CLEARWATER BEACH – The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce plans a health and wellness discussion at its next Learn at Lunch event Thursday, Aug. 28 at the Hilton ClearwaterBeach.
The luncheon will feature guest speakers from Orange Theory Fitness and Max Muscle Sports Nutrition.
The discussion “A Healthier and Happier You” was inspired by luncheon sponsor Walgreens and will center on the benefits of cardiovascular training, weight lifting and nutrition.
Check-in and networking begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon.
The cost is $15 for Beaches Chamber of Commerce members and $25 for folks who are not members.
Pre-registration is necessary.
Daughters of Italy meeting CLEARWATER – The Daughters of Italy Lodge 2825 Clearwater chapter of the Order Sons of Italy in America, will have their monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 28, at Clearwater Community Church, 2897 Belcher Road, Dunedin.
Italian and non-Italian women are invited to attend. Dessert is served at 6 p.m., followed by a short general meeting and cultural program. Call Vincenza DiLiberti at 447-6890 or visit www.daughtersofitaly.com.
Kiwanis Club of Seminole meeting SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square’s Town Hall.
The group’s next speaker will be Breanne Zsiga, from Career Academies of Seminole, discussing on her steer project.
For more information, call Terry Carr at 394-2582.
LARGO – A Overeaters Anonymous group meets Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 9350 Starkey Road.
Overeaters Anonymous is a program of recovery for eating disorders.
For information, call Jeanette at 392-3108. There are no dues and no fees and a list of meetings may be viewed at oapinellas.org
GriefShare program ST. PETERSBURG – A GriefShare program will be presented beginning Friday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m. to noon, at Cornerstone Community Church, 6745 38th Ave. N.
The program will run through Nov. 21. Call 343-7747.
Scottish American Society social gatherings Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings, are held every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave., Dunedin.
The cost is $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.